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You know how first base is always deep in the majors even though none of the best prospects play there? Shortstop is kind of the opposite.

It's a matter of priorities. Winning is paramount in the majors, and to win, a team needs its most effective defensive alignment. But development is more the goal in the minors, and to develop, a team must continually push its players beyond their limits, wringing every last drop of potential out of them.

Many of the best prospects begin as shortstops because that's where they played in high school, where they were probably the best at everything. So often, teams will keep them there until it's apparent they no longer can.

Might as well try it, right? A shortstop who can hit is probably the most valuable commodity in the game.

So while drafting a big-time shortstop prospect may seem like a top priority in dynasty leagues since it's a glaring need for so many, the trick is to find the ones who'll actually stay there.

And it just so happens that many of the best of the best right now profile to do just that.

Note: This list has been adjusted for Fantasy purposes. Though long-term potential is a factor, it's arguably less important than the player's expected role in 2015. These prospects don't all profile as superstars, but they're the names most worth knowing in Fantasy right now.

1. Addison Russell, 21, Cubs
Where played in 2014: high Class A, Double-A
Minor-league stats: .295 BA (258 at-bats), 13 HR, .858 OPS, 19 BB, 49 K

Russell's path to the majors isn't as clear with the Cubs, who also have to find at-bats for Starlin Castro and Javier Baez, but of the shortstops with superstar potential, he's thought to be the closest. The power he offers at the position could make him a first-rounder in Fantasy someday.

2. Carlos Correa, 20, Astros
Where played in 2014: high Class A
Minor-league stats: .325 BA (249 at-bats), 6 HR, 20 SB, .926 OPS, 36 BB, 45 K

The first overall pick in the 2012 draft, Correa may be even better than Russell but is probably a year behind in terms of development. Provided he sticks at shortstop, which evaluators anticipate at least to begin his career, he could be his generation's Troy Tulowitzki.

3. Corey Seager, 20, Dodgers
Where played in 2014: high Class A, Double-A
Minor-league stats: .349, 20 HR, 50 2B, 97 RBI, 1.004 OPS, 40 BB, 115 K

Seager loses points because of the expectation he'll have to move to his brother's position, third base, in the majors, but his numbers would translate anywhere. That he ranks behind Russell and Correa with that crazy stat line should tell you something about their potential.

4. J.P. Crawford, 20, Phillies
Where played in 2014: low Class A, high Class A
Minor-league stats: .285 BA, 11 HR, 24 SB, .781 OPS, 65 BB, 74 K

Crawford is about where Russell was at this time last year, showing serious offensive potential at a position bereft of it but still working out the kinks in the lower levels of the minors. His advanced approach, which resulted in nearly as many walks as strikeouts last year, should allow him to move quickly, though.

5. Francisco Lindor, 21, Indians
Where played in 2014: Double-A, Triple-A
Minor-league stats: .276 BA, 11 HR, 28 SB, .727 OPS, 49 BB, 97 K

Whenever Lindor takes over as the Indians' starting shortstop, most likely midseason, the one thing he's sure to do is play stellar defense. He became less efficient both at the plate and on the base paths in 2014, which he'll need to correct to compensate for his lack of power.

6. Alen Hanson, 22, Pirates
Where played in 2014: Double-A
Minor-league stats: .280 BA, 11 HR, 12 3B, 25 SB, .768 OPS, 31 BB, 88 K

Hanson's stock has fallen a bit since his breakthrough at low Class A two years ago, but mostly because he hasn't progressed defensively. Offensively, his Arismendy Alcantara-like skill set is just about ready for prime time, but since he'll have an easier time overtaking Jordy Mercer than Neil Walker, he'll have to prove himself in the field first.

7. Daniel Robertson, 21, Athletics
Where played in 2014: high Class A
Minor-league stats: .310 BA, 15 HR, 37 2B, .873 OPS, 72 BB, 94 K

The Athletics' willingness to trade Russell last season shows the faith they have in Robertson, but he wouldn't be the first prospect to "break through" at Class A Stockton of the heavy-hitting California League only to slip back into mediocrity thereafter. At least his patient approach gives him something to fall back on.

8. Tim Anderson, 21, White Sox
Where played in 2014: Rookie, high Class A, Double-A
Minor-league stats: .301 BA (345 at-bats), 9 HR, 10 SB, .808 OPS, 9 BB, 82 K

You won't find many hitters less patient than Anderson, whose nine walks in 345 at-bats looks like a misprint, but he's one of those players whose athleticism will carry him. He does have a knack for putting the bat on the ball, though, which could make him something like the Alex Rios of middle infielders.

9. Jorge Polanco, 21, Twins
Where played in 2014: high Class A, Double-A, majors
Minor-league stats: .288 BA, 7 HR, 17 SB, .748 OPS, 55 BB, 88 K
Major-league stats: .333 BA (6 at-bats), 1 2B, 1 3B, 1.333 OPS, 2 BB, 2 K

Polanco may lack the ceiling of other shortstop prospects, but his well-rounded skill set makes him a safe bet to stick in the majors and easy choice to play in a pinch. The Twins plan to start Danny Santana at shortstop, but if he's needed in center field again, Polanco is a more promising alternative than Eduardo Escobar.

10. Raul Mondesi, 19, Royals
Where played in 2014: high Class A
Minor-league stats: .211 BA, 8 HR, 12 3B, 17 SB, .610 OPS, 24 BB, 122 K

Mondesi is one of those prospects whose numbers you should probably ignore. It's all about the tools for him, which scouts say are off the charts. He has some work to do, clearly, but in the long run he profiles as an in-his-prime Rafael Furcal, who was something just short of elite.